School Performance Grades: Four Options Option Description Growth 1 Letter of the law No 2 Letter of the law 3 Letter of the law Yes, additional 10 points for exceeding, additional 5 points for meeting, 0 points for not meeting Yes, growth counted as ½ the grade 4 Standard scores based on state mean using a standard deviation (does not include growth No, but growth could be indicated in addition to the letter grade, meaning, “A Exceeded Growth” Following are notes on the data provided for each option listed above. Please note the comparison across the four options of top, middle, and bottom schools were selected based on the criteria cited in the “Business Rules for Determining Top/Middle/Bottom School for Performance Grades Discussion” The notes for each option are presented separately for elementary/middle and high school. Elementary/Middle Schools Option 1 1. The resulting letter grades for the top, middle, and bottom schools are as expected; meaning, the schools in the three ranges remain stable when compared to the old model. 2. Given # 1, the model is not really new. Option 2 1. Redistributes the middle schools, bumping ½ (10 of the 20) into the Bs 2. Pulls up some of the typical bottom schools into the Ds (4) and Cs (2) Option 3 1. Really hurts the top schools: moves 11 of the 20 from As to Bs 2. Really helps the bottom schools: moves 13 to grades higher than F (one school has a B) 3. Redistributes the middle unpredictably into some Bs and Ds Option 4 1. Makes As and Fs the exception while keeping the middle schools where you would expect them to be 2. Does provide different results from the old accountability model and from the letter of the law High School Option 1 1. ACT very negatively impacts the distribution with 61.9 schools being a D or an F Option 2 1. Provides a letter bump for most schools as long as they are close to the top of the grade range and making meeting growth. Option 3 1. Generally, does not hurt top schools at all 2. Really helps the bottom schools: moves 7 to grades higher than F (one school has a B) 3. Redistributes the middle unpredictably into some As and Fs Option 4 1. Makes As and Fs the exception while keeping the middle schools where you would expect them to be 2. Does provide different results from the old accountability model and from the letter of the law 3. This model will not be impacted by the anticipated drop in performance grades as the distribution will be against the state mean for 2012-13. The mean will be maintained for 3 years, so schools will be able to show improvement.